Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news

Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news

Facebook users in those countries can flag news stories for false or misleading content by clicking on a grey downward arrow button on the right side of an article. In addition to the educational tools, which will sit at the top of people's News Feeds in 15 countries for a few days, there will also be a digital guide users can read with more information on what fake news looks like.

In the U.S., Facebook uses Snopes and PolitiFact, fact-checking organizations that are part of the Poynter International Fact-Checking Network, to help viewers sift through news stories.

"False news is harmful to our community, it makes the world less informed, and it erodes trust".

Investigate the source. Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy.

"Some false news is going to make it on to our platform, it's not going to go to zero ..." Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.

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Adam Mosseri, the social network's News Feed boss, said: "We know people want to see accurate information on Facebook - and so do we". This educational tool will help people spot fake news.

Is the story a joke?

Facebook is launching a resource to help you spot false news and misinformation that spreads on its service.

"We're against it and we want to take it seriously", he said, speaking via videoconference from the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.

Users are also told they can report a story they believe is false to Facebook.

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That's why it's also tried to take matters into its own hands with product changes and other projects, like working with outside fact checkers to label disputed news stories with warnings in the News Feed.

Tips included checking website addresses along with searching out other sources or articles on topics. While Facebook doesn't produce fake news, it's at least partly responsible for its dissemination.

"We have very much approached this as "tests", said Chan.

Google past year incorporated a "fact-check" tag into some news pages published south of the border to help readers of more prominent stories find fact-checked content and said it was actively working to bring the feature to Canada "in the near future".

Facebook said it was also said it was taking steps to make it more hard for those posting fake news stories to purchase adverts on the site.

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